Citi Open Tennis Preview
Published on 18/07/16
The Citi Open, also known as the Washington Open, is played on the outdoor hardcourts at William H.G. Fitzgerald Tennis Centre, situated in Rocky Park Washington DC, and it is one of the ATP World Tour 500 Series.
No player has dominated the event in recent years, and the only returning champion is 2012 winner Alexander Dolgopolov. World number 16 John Isner is the top-seed, suggesting this is a great opportunity for one of the lesser lights to grab a title.
It’s no surprise that top-seed Isner has been priced-up as the 11/2 favourite as, though he’s never won the event, he has finished runner-up three times, in 2007, 2013 and 2015. His quarter also looks there for the taking, as he’s beat fifth-seed and probable quarter-final opponent Steve Johnson the last four-times they’ve met.
Young Australian Bernard Tomic is the third-seed, but he faces a potentially tricky opponent on route to the quarters in the shape of Victor Troicki. Meanwhile, even if he does make it to the last-8, he could face the dangerous tournament third-favourite Jack Sock who holds a 2-1 head-to-head advantage.
The toughest looking quarter, with young German Alexander Zverev improving rapidly, though he did lose last time he played potential quarter-final opponent Benoit Paire. Inform Gilles Muller is also in this quarter.
Home hero Sam Querrey had a brilliant Wimbledon, and will be a danger to all if he can bring the same level of form to these courts. He’s won his last three against possible early round opponent Dolgopolov and, whilst he lost his only match to second seed Monfils, the Frenchman has been playing without much zest of late – though was runner-up here in 2011.
Semi-Finals And Final
Sock will be hoping that Isner makes it to the semi-finals, as he has an excellent record against the big-server, winning their last 2 encounters, and 3 of their last 4. The American crowd will also love an all American semi-final.
Querrey may also make it 3 American semi-finalists, though the bottom half of the draw has a much less obvious outcome, and picking a selection from the bottom half is a difficult task. As that’s the case, an each-way bet on Jack Sock at 10/1, with Betvictor offering ½ odds 2 places, looks the value bet of the tournament.
Jack Sock each-way @ 10/1 (Betvictor) ½ odds 2 places